Welcome to St. Gianna Women's Homes

We assist women and their families fleeing domestic violence or who are being coerced into having an abortion. Each family is provided a safe and secure environment to deal with the trauma caused by the abuse, become self-sufficient and learn to develop healthy relationships in the future.

  • Who is St. Gianna?
    Who is St. Gianna?

    St. Gianna Beretta Molla was a modern-day physician and mother who sacrificed her life to save her unborn baby. In 1961, Gianna and her husband Pietro were expecting their fourth child. During her fourth pregnancy, Gianna developed a fibrous tumor on her uterus. Wanting to save the life of her unborn baby at all costs, she chose a more risky procedure, the removal of the fibroma. After the operation, complications continued throughout her pregnancy. Gianna was quite clear about her wishes, expressing to her family, “This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other -- I want them to save my baby.” On April 21, 1962, Good Friday of that year, Gianna went to the hospital, where her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered via Caesarean section. However, Gianna continued to have severe pain, and died of septic peritonitis one week after the birth. Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Her husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the canonization ceremony. She is the patron saint of mothers and families.

Our Impact

  • Women Helped Last Year

    35

  • Children Helped Last Year

    44

  • Nights of Housing Last Year

    17992

  • Babies Saved From Abortion Since Opening

    34

Freedom of Speech—5 Documentaries that Celebrate The Right

As Independence Day draws closer we’re pausing to reflect on every freedom we enjoy as Americans. Among the treasured liberties we’re celebrating this July 4th is the freedom of speech, which helps us spark dialogue about how to make our great nation even greater.

For example, documentaries are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s cinemas and film festivals. Perhaps that’s because Americans are more interested in exercising free speech. Regardless of their subject matter, documentaries ignite conversation among viewers. And even as opinions differ about the content in the documentaries we’ve listed below, we can all agree on one thing. Exercising our right to raise questions and offer solutions is an important cultural and political exchange. And on this Fourth of July week we’re especially grateful for that freedom.

Here’s our list of five recent documentaries that put Americans’ freedom of speech to work.

Food, Inc.
Food, Inc. has changed the mindset of many now converted vegetarians and over-trusting grocery shoppers. By exposing the environmental effects, health consequences and maltreatment of animals, Food, Inc. has opened the eyes of many Americans about what they eat.

Supersize Me
This 2004 American documentary followed the day-to-day activities of Morgan Spurlock as he adopted a McDonald’s-only diet. The independent documentary helped expose the epidemic of obesity spurring from increased consumption of fast food in America.

An Inconvenient Truth
Accredited for starting an international discussion about the importance of being good environmental stewards, An Inconvenient Truth lays bare Al Gore’s theories on climate change. Despite spawning controversy in many education boards, science teachers across the country played the video for their students.

Fahrenheit 9/11
Investigative journalist Michael Moore created the documentary Fahrenheit 911 after he suspected deceit on Capitol Hill after the September 11th tragedy. Moore sought hidden governmental agendas concerning the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
The 2005 documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, highlights one of the United State’s biggest business scandals. The award-winning crime story was well received by many business leaders. It emphasizes the importance of business ethics to countless business students in classrooms across the United States.

We can’t all agree on the value or verity of each of these documentaries. That why they’re important examples of our freedom of speech. Differing opinions and ideals at odds help our nation create solutions to its most pressing problems. We hope that on Independence Day you’ll include the freedom to speak your mind in your list of American rights you’re thankful for—and use it.

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